Ann Folin RN, CNOR, MSN
Ann Folin RN, CNOR, MSN serves as Senior Clinical Advisor Global, at Mölnlycke Health Care.
Ann has worked in the current position for the Nordic and Global Markets the last 25 years. Some of the responsibilities include education, education program development, research facilitation regarding infection preventions, hand hygiene, allergies to different material used for prevention of infections and cross-contaminations, and other barrier protection issues. This includes planning, producing and implementing clinical education for nurses, physicians and other health care professionals. She also functions as a clinical resource for customers and hospital administrative professionals.
She received her nursing diploma in 1977 and the OR specialization diploma in 1986. She was awarded her Master of Medical Science with a major in Nursing January 2001 from the Karolinska Institute of Nursing Solna in Sweden. During her work as an OR nurse and continuously she is a member of different OR-nurses association’s world wide. In year 1989 Ann together with two other persons started the Swedish OR nurses membership magazine “Uppdukat” on request from SEORNA (The Swedish Association of Operating Room Nurses). Between 1989-1996 she was a member of the editorial board of Uppdukat. She served as an elected member of the Board of directors for SEORNA between 1994 – 1998 and as one out of two elected delegates from Sweden in the EORNA (the European Operating Room Nurses Association) board of directors between 1995-1998.
During her career as an Operating Room Nurse, she has been working primarily in ophthalmic surgery, ENT and orthopedics. Ann initiated and was the leader for many different projects.
She has spoken at numerous occasions globally for different groups of health care professionals and at different associations congresses for physicians, operating room nurses, other specialty nursing organizations as well as for surgeons and nurses in training. She has been published in the Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology and the AORN Journals and other professional periodicals. In 2001 she won the AORN Journal writers contest with the article – Reducing Blood Exposure During Orthopedic Surgical Procedures. Published in AORN Journal March 2000; 71, No. 3: 573-582. The article presented a study demonstrating that by introducing new working methods (ie, no-touch instrument passing technique, instrument neutral zone) injuries and contaminations to scrub people can be significantly decreased.
Ann has also been working with Operation Smile’s Infection Prevention Training course, acting as project manager on Mölnlycke’s side with the development of 7 different modules.
She presented at the pilot programs in Pampanga, Philippines 2022 and Cebu, Philippines 2023. Currently she is working on the final completion and delivery and is scheduled to present at the new center in Cebu in spring 2024.